Lembert Dome Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Lembert Dome Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is accessible from June until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

3.8 miles 912 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

views

bugs

no dogs

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Drive northward into the park toward the Yosemite Valley. Turn left on to Big Oak Flat Road and travel almost 9.5 miles to Tioga Road. Turn right on to Tioga Road and travel 39 miles to Tuolumne Meadows. Turn left on to the dirt road that leads to the Lembert Dome/Glen Aulin Trailhead. Walk east from the parking area to the trailhead, which is behind the restrooms.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, not a bad hike at all! Fun amount of adventure depending on your route. You can walk along along the ridge of the dome or keep your distance and play it safe, all the way to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome view of the meadows and surrounding mountain peaks.

2 months ago

Wonderful hike, walking distance from a nice campground. Well marked, scenic, easy access.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view from the top of the dome. I felt a little shaky on my feet up there given the height and slope of the rock, but most everyone just walks around no problem. I took a short detour to Dog Lake which was all right, nice in late August. Overall the hike was great. I wouldn't do it again unless I took someone who has never been. It's a view to experience for sure. The rest of the hike is pleasant.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a great 3 hour hike! Hike was mildly strenuous at the beginning, but got easier. You can hike to the top of the dome, but it's a little steep if you're afraid of heights, but still a great view from just below the peak. Went to dog lake on the way back, which was quick and nice also. Highly recommend!

hiking
4 months ago

A fine hike and a perfect choice for your first day in the High Country. Easy enough that if you're not acclimated to the elevation you can do it on this trail. Fantastic views of the many granite peaks surrounding and of course pristine and peaceful Tuolomne Meadows. Great reward for a relatively undemanding climb. But beware! To reach the upper peak there is some scrambling required on the back side of the semi-steep granite dome!

hiking
4 months ago

WOW WOW WOW that view at the top was breathtaking. I admit after doing half dome and clouds rest I just didn't expect much out of this hike, but it was fantastic one of my favorite hikes of the trip

hiking
4 months ago

View from the top of the dome is spectacular. You could see the whole valley from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

I'd say this trail is closer to Moderate than easy; not sure who or how they use this rating. It is a beautiful trail that ends at stunning views of the wilderness.

hiking
9 months ago

The view at the very very top is worth it! Especially during sunset.

1 year ago

It was a steady climb up and around the back of the dome; then a quick accent onto the bare rocks and you have arrived to some of the most amazing views of Yosemite park. It's a must!

2 years ago

Rated 5 stars because it has the best views for the (minimal) effort! Accessed directly from Tuolumne Meadows or from the Tuolumne Lodge hikers' parking.

2 years ago

easy hike but not for the weary of heights. found out i have a great fear after looking over the edge at sunset. gorgeous views of Tuolumne meadows. if going at dusk bring a jacket as it is windy and chilly at those elevations.

hiking
4 years ago

One of my favorites, have done this twice, as it is a relatively short and demanding (steep and steady) hike that rewards you with spectacular views of the whole area around Tuolumne Meadows. You have two approaches which are both really fun. The first time we hiked it we started down the gravel road to the left of the main Lembert Dome parking lot and hiked up around the dome to the left and at the ridge fork where the trail goes left to Dog Lake, you take a right to hike up the granite backside to the top. Alternate way which is shorter and more direct is to go east about a mile on Tioga Rd. from the main parking lot to a pullout (not much parking here) on the right and the trail goes up the hill across the road on the left, joining the Dog Lake Trail at the same place the other route takes you. If it is a nice day, you can really see a good 360 degree view at the top - great place for a picnic!